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Prince Albert's life digitised online.

More than 17,500 of Prince Albert's photographs, prints and private and official papers have been published online on a new website dedicated to Queen Victoria's husband.

They aim to shed new light on Albert's contribution as consort, unofficial private secretary, and guide and mentor to some of the greatest national projects of his day.

Monday marks the 200th anniversary of Albert's birth on August 26, 1819. Most of the papers and images have never been published before.

Among the documents available online as part of the Royal Collection Trust's major digitisation project is a letter between Victoria and Albert on the day they became engaged.

Albert wrote: "I ... can only believe that Heaven has sent down an angel to me, whose radiance is intended to brighten my life."He also wrote to his first cousin when she became Queen in 1837, wishing her a long, happy and glorious reign.

The Prince Albert: His Life and Legacy site - albert.rct.uk - includes notes and letters exchanged between the royal couple between 1828 and 1861.

Albert married Queen Victoria in 1840. He died unexpectedly from typhoid in 1861 when he was 42.

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Publication:Express and Star (Wolverhampton, England)
Date:Aug 24, 2019
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